Victory Vegas in India will be coming from a very young US manufacturing company Victory Motorcycles that began producing motorcycles in 1998. The company soon reached fame to be compared to the Harley Davidson in the USA. Polaris Industries is the parent company of the Victory Motorcycles that competes head on with Harley Davidson in the US and similar companies in the US that are related to produce cruiser motorcycles, particularly American styles. Most of Victory bikes are with V twin engine in sport touring, touring and cruiser configuration.
Very first Victory motorcycle was announced in 1997, the V92C and the model were put on self for sales in 1998. Victory began to earn considerable profits since 2002 and is the only brand that comes closest to Harley Davidson in the US.
Victory Motorcycles closely watch the HD in the US. Harley Davidson in 2010 marked its presence in India and has received a good response in world’s second largest motorcycle market. Seeing to this Victory Motorcycles has recently showed their interest in bring the Victory Motorcycles in India. Victory has finished their market research in India and is all ready to bring their motorcycle Victory Vegas in India. Let’s have a look what Victory Vegas has to offer.
Victory Vegas is a chopper styled motorcycle that has an air/oil-cooled V-Twin 1634cc engine. What makes this ride so special? It’s more than a Harley. The motorcycle is American made and unlike Harley Davidson is far modern on performance, and still looks stylish. The ride only misses the Harley Davidson badge, rest every thing is self explanatory. The price tag should be affordable in comparison to Harley Davidson in India.
The Vegas isn’t the quickest cruiser in the US but its acceleration is acceptable, it’s loud and quick. Unlike sportbikes a cruiser is on higher side in torque generation. Vegas pull out 106ftlb of torque to its rear wheel and every thing happens much easy and light unlikely on the HD. The engine is paired to five speed gear box that is with no trouble and you can reach redline on every gear.
Ride and Handling
The ride handles well supports spirited riding with decent ground clearance; riding a Victory Vegas in India shouldn’t be a problem, ride quality is much impressive for this type of bike. In the front Vegas has only one set of brake, but that does the job perfectly and if you need to stop quickly you need to make the rear brake work with the front. Vegas is a kind of machine that you would love to take you best partner in a Saturday evening. For long distance riding position isn’t that comfy.
It’s a cruiser motorcycle and not a sport machine, so we can’t expect it to wear bells and whistles. Vegas look the best when minimal. In the US where this cruiser is currently available the market is flooded with after markets for the Vegas. Once the Victory Motorcycles comes to India along with it will come the aftermarket.
Quality and Reliability
Over all Victory made motorcycles are comparable or sometimes better than the Harley, but the Victory carries a down price tag, which means there are some budget parts here and there like plastic indicator lights. In the US Victory Vegas has a clean reputation and have received no complaints, hence the ride shouldn’t have problem in India.
Victory is perfect on pricing. In the US Victory Motorcycles are affordable than the Harley and other makes like the Triumph and Kawasaki. The pricing of the Victory in India depends on how the manufacturer offers its motorcycles; will they import direct form US as complete units or will they import parts and assemble in India like the Harley does. Still the Victory Vegas price in India may settle at Rs 8 lakh*. For this price you’ll be getting metal in its best form and not to mention glittering performance.
Keep watching the space for the Victory Vegas review.
New Victory Vegas
Expected: August 2011
Estimated Price: Rs 8 lakh* approx
Victory Vegas Specification
Engine size: 1634cc
Top speed: 160kmph
Engine specification: V-twin four-stroke
Frame: Double cradle steel frame
Front suspension: adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension: adjustment Preload-adjustable
Front brakes: 300mm disc
Rear brake: 300mm disc
Seat height: 640mm
Fuel capacity: 17 litres